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The worst part of growing up is the constant pressure from everyone to succeed in what you’re doing. When you’re a twenty-something, you’re constantly hounded to be great and successful. The idea of being an adult gets more intimidating by the day, especially when your family members start the comparison games.
However, some of the greats we’re fond of didn’t see the face of great success till they were in their 30s. So if you’re in your twenties and feeling the pressure of being a thirty-something, educate the ones who are pressuring you with this list of greats.
1. Oprah Winfrey
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Oprah Winfrey was 32 when her highly acclaimed show The Oprah Winfrey Show premiered.
2. Sylvester Stallone
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Sylvester Stallone started his career in the pornography industry. “It was either do that movie or rob someone,” he said, “because I was at the very end of my rope.” Success met him when he was 30, with the movie Rocky.
3. Dick Van Dyke
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Dick Van Dyke was 36 when he started his film career with his debut film Bye Bye Birdie.
4. J.K. Rowling
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J.K. Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers before she shot to fame at 32, when the first Harry Potter book was published.
5. Gene Hackman
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Gene Hackman was voted “least likely to succeed” in his acting class at the age of 26. After 11 years, he got his first film role and rose to success.
6. Dustin Hoffman
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Dustin Hoffman, at the age of 30, played the 20-year-old Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate. This was his first movie role with more than 5 minutes of screen time, and he was nominated for an Oscar.
7. Raymond Chandler
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Raymond Chandler was 44 when he decided to become a writer after working in the oil industry.
8. Harrison Ford
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Harrison Ford was still taking uncredited roles and bit parts after seven years in the film industry. He was on the verge of giving up and becoming a full-time carpenter when he met George Lucas. He got his first major film role in American Graffiti at 31. Four years later, he was Han Solo.
9. Leonard Cohen
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Leonard Cohen — singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist — started his music career at 33.
10. Edward D. Wood Jr.
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Edward D. Wood Jr saw the face of success after he made what is now known as the worst film of all time (Plan 9 from Outer Space) until he was 35. Now, he’s a beloved cult figure.
11. Lucille Ball
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Lucille Ball, one of America’s beloved comedians, was 38 when I Love Lucy premiered.
12. Robin Thicke
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Robin Thicke was 36 when he reached his first #1 hit on the Billboard charts with his track Blurred Lines.